Letters to the Editor — Aug. 23, 2022

The Issue: Gov. Hochul’s order that alleged assaulter Bui Van Phu be arrested for violating parole.

Gov. Hochul’s opponent Rep. Lee Zeldin is closing in, so to trick us all into thinking she’s a law-and-order governor, she ordered Bui Van Phu to be arrested on a parole warrant after the Bronx criminal court released him (“Hochul punches up story,” Aug. 20).

In my day as a New York Parole Officer, this decision would be made at the office level in the region that covered the parolee’s residence by his parole officer, a senior parole officer and possibly a bureau chief — no red tape or fanfare.

The fact that it took a governor and not parole officials is actually a condemnation of the degradation of the criminal-justice system in our state.

John Urban

Howard Beach

So New York’s do-nothing, know-nothing, pathetic excuse for a governor wants credit for locking up the lowlife accused of putting a man into a coma.

How about every other punk who is being released because of this insane no-bail law? How about firing District Attorney Alvin Bragg?

She is by far the worst thing that has happened to the state. And she wasn’t even elected. She was placed in this position because the other idiot was pushed out. The people of New York can’t be this stupid.

Steven DelGaudio

Edgewater, NJ

Hochul is all of a sudden tough on crime? She couldn’t give herself enough accolades for speaking up and getting that violent, crazed sex offender arrested after he was initially allowed to take to the streets.

Hochul, who has done absolutely nothing other than follow the footsteps of New York’s liberal judges and politicians, finally did something that would not have been necessary if we had the right people in office.

She’s a day late and a dollar short of being a legitimate crime-buster.

Ron Zajicek

Cortlandt Manor

Someone explain to me how only Gov. Hochul figured out that this repeat-offender monster should be back in jail due to violating parole.

Putting aside the downgrading of the crime, you’re telling me that the District Attorney’s office didn’t understand or realize that a multiply-convicted sexual offender who was a lifetime parolee had violated his parole? It’s liberal ineptitude on a very grand scale.

Amy Hendel


Van Phu Bui and his lawyer appear in court.
Bui Van Phu was originally charged with attempted murder for the random attack, but prosecutors at the Bronx District Attorney’s Office reduced the rap to misdemeanor assault.
Tomas E.Gaston

The Issue: Douglas Murray’s piece on the Biden administration’s campaign for a nuclear deal with Iran.

In his column “Stop radical Iran strike force, Joe” (Aug. 19), Douglas Murray reveals the Biden administration’s commitment to appeasement by desperately trying to renegotiate a nuclear deal with Iran, despite evidence that the regime violated the prior agreement.

If such a deal is concluded, it would accelerate Iran’s development of nuclear weaponry and endanger the world.

Somehow, the true nature of the Iranian government eludes the Biden administration. The recent horrendous assassination attempt on Salmon Rushdie and threats on the lives of former Secretary of State Mike Pompeo and former National Security Adviser John Bolton have not pushed the administration into changing its determined appeasement policy.

A. J. Linn


The Biden administration is demonstrating sheer idiocy by attempting a deal with Iran, the largest sponsor of terrorism in the Middle East.

Not only would a deal with such an unreliable nation destabilize the entire region, it would reverberate throughout the globe.

Let us not forget Supreme Leader Ali Khamenei’s threat to kill President Donald Trump. That threat remains.

Thomas Birnbaum


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